UCLA Rumors & News

  • Trump in response to LaVar: 'I should have left them in jail'

    ABC News "President Donald Trump shot back at LaVar Ball, who downplayed the president's role in getting his son and two other UCLA basketball players released after they were detained in China for questioning following shoplifting allegations. "I should have left them in jail," Trump tweeted Sunday...." November 19

  • Trump’s Social Media Director Goes After LaVar Ball on Twitter, So Yes We Legitimately Have a Trump vs. BBB Beef

    Black Sports Online "This is amazing. When 2017 started did you ever think we would have a LaVar Ball vs. Donald Trump beef? What a time to be alive. Trump tried to take all the credit for bringing LiAngelo home after he stole some Louis Vuitton shades in China. LaVar spoke to ESPN and said Trump was..." November 19

  • LaVar Ball downplays Donald Trump's role in UCLA freshmen's release

    ESPN "LaVar Ball downplayed his son's shoplifting incident in China as well as U.S. president Donald Trump's involvement in getting his son and two other UCLA players back to the United States earlier this week. "Who?" Ball told ESPN when asked about Trump's involvement in the matter. "What was he..." November 18

  • President Trump says 'you're welcome' to thankful UCLA players

    ESPN "President Donald Trump had wondered if he'd receive thanks from the three UCLA players whose release from China he helped secure following their arrest on shoplifting charges. He did. He had a response on Thursday. UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said that freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley..." November 16

  • Sources: UCLA officials debating length of players' suspensions

    ESPN "There is an ongoing internal debate among UCLA officials about the proper discipline for the three freshmen basketball players who returned to the United States on Tuesday after admitting to shoplifting from three stores while on a team trip to China, multiple sources told ESPN. The school has..." November 16

  • LaVar Ball Returns to U.S. and Says 'We'll Be Good' with Trump

    TMZ " LaVar Ball tells TMZ Sports he expects to have an encounter with President Trump now that he's back in the U.S. ... and he expects it to go well. "We're gonna run into each other. We'll be good," LaVar said after touching down at LAX Wednesday night with his youngest son, LaMelo." November 16

  • Three UCLA basketball players held in China suspended indefinitely, offer apologies

    Los Angeles Times "UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who have been suspended indefinitely by the Bruins, apologized at a news conference Wednesday morning about the incident in China that had them stay behind on a team trip after they were accused of shoplifting. At the end of the..." November 15

  • Trump Wants The Detained UCLA Players To Thank Him

    ESPN "President Donald Trump asked on Twitter whether the three UCLA basketball players released from detention in China on Tuesday will thank him for his help. UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who had been detained in China for the past week on suspicion of shoplifting, landed..." November 15

  • ESPN’s Seth Greenberg yells that LiAngelo Ball should be suspended for a year, Jay Williams says “stop that”

    Awful Announcing "After LiAngelo Ball and UCLA Bruins teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were charged with shoplifting on a preseason trip to China, detained after the team’s departure, and eventually released and sent back to the U.S. following the intervention of U.S. president Donald Trump, there’s been a lot..." November 15

  • LiAngelo Ball, UCLA Teammates Reportedly Freed After Shoplifting Arrest

    NESN "Consider the international crisis averted. LiAngelo Ball and two other members of the UCLA men’s basketball team have been allowed to return home from China after being arrested on shoplifting charges, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday morning. Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were..." November 14

  • Report: UCLA players to face no legal repercussions in China

    247 Sports "It appears as though some political pressure from President Trump has helped the three UCLA Bruins basketball players who were detained in China on shoplifting charges do more than simply be able to come home. According to a report from Ben Bolch of the L.A. Times, not only were LiAngelo Ball,..." November 14

  • Trump asks Chinese president to help in UCLA case

    ESPN "President Donald Trump personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the case involving three UCLA basketball players, including LiAngelo Ball, who were arrested on shoplifting charges in Hangzhou, The Washington Post reported Monday. The White House confirmed in an email to the..." November 13

  • LiAngelo Ball arrest creates issues for Ball family reality show

    Yardbarker "LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players have created a messy situation in China by reportedly shoplifting from three stores, and the Ball family’s reality TV show is unsure of how to handle the incident. TMZ reports that producers for “Ball in the Family” were in China documenting..." November 11

  • UCLA players accused of shoplifting could be held in China for 'a week or two'

    CNN "Three freshmen on the UCLA men's basketball team accused of shoplifting in the Chinese city of Hangzhou could be months away from returning home while the legal process in their case plays out. ESPN, citing a source with firsthand knowledge, reported Wednesday that LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and..." November 11

  • Bill Walton rips UCLA players on telecast for shoplifting arrest

    Larry Brown Sports "Bill Walton said his piece on Saturday about UCLA’s basketball players being arrested in China for shoplifting, and he did not hold back. Walton, who was a legend as a UCLA player, was on the call for ESPN’s telecast of the Bruins’ season-opener against Georgia Tech in China. As the game tipped..." November 11

  • LiAngelo Ball’s punishment could be 20 days in luxury hotel

    New York Post "The punishment for three UCLA players, who are accused of shoplifting in China, is starting to become clearer. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley are expected to serve 20 days of house arrest in their Hangzhou Hyatt Regency for allegedly..." November 10

  • LiAngelo Ball, other UCLA players unlikely to face severe punishment, Chinese law experts say

    USA Today "Based on the reported details of the situation, it is unlikely that the three UCLA basketball players who were arrested in China this week will face severe punishment, three professors who specialize in Chinese law told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. ESPN reported that LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill..." November 09

  • LiAngelo Ball Reportedly Could Face 3-10 Years in Jail for Shoplifting in China

    Bleacher Report "UCLA Bruins guard LiAngelo Ball and two other Bruins basketball players could serve three to 10 years in prison if convicted of shoplifting during a team trip to China, an unnamed lawyer told Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel Tuesday. Wetzel also spoke to William Nee, an Amnesty International researcher..." November 08

  • LaVar Ball says son LiAngelo's arrest in China 'ain't that big a deal'

    Sporting News - NCAAB "LaVar Ball said Wednesday his son LiAngelo's arrest on shoplifting charges in China "ain't that big a deal," although the elder Ball also said he's lacking "intel" about the situation. The elder Ball later released a more measured response ESPN's Arash Markazi reported from Shanghai that..." November 08

  • Bob Knight criticizes John Wooden over UCLA recruiting practices

    ESPN "Saying "I've never been a Wooden fan," former Indiana coach Bob Knight criticized Hall of Fame UCLA coach John Wooden over the Bruins' recruiting practices during their historic run. Knight ripped UCLA for allowing booster Sam Gilbert to violate NCAA rules while he attempted to recruit players..." November 08

  • Three UCLA men's basketball players - including LiAngelo Ball -arrested in China for shoplifting

    Orange County Register "Chinese police were called to UCLA’s team hotel in Hangzhou, China, on Tuesday to investigate an unknown matter, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Both the UCLA and Georgia Tech men’s basketball teams were staying at the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou in preparation for their..." November 07

  • UCLA signs Steve Alford to 1-year extension

    Fanrag Sports "The UCLA Bruins have officially signed head basketball coach Steve Alford to a one-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season, the program formally announced on Friday. Alford, who has been at the Bruins helm since 2013, most recently piloted UCLA to a 31-5 record thanks to a tremendous..." October 06

  • Jordan Clarkson 'LaMelo Ball Doesn't Need NCAA ... He's Gonna Be Rich!!'

    TMZ "Jordan Clarkson says it's no biggie if LaMelo Ball's ineligible to play college hoops ... 'cause he thinks the $395 signature shoe is gonna make the H.S. prodigy a ton of cash!! TMZ Sports spoke with the Lakers star about the BBB's "Melo Ball 1" and whether LaVar's decision to release the shoes..." September 09

  • LaVar Ball brushes off LaMelo eligibility concerns due to MB1 shoe, says NCAA 'not my boss'

    ESPN "If having a signature shoe ultimately costs 16-year-old LaMelo Ball his NCAA eligibility, his father, LaVar Ball, isn't worried about it. Given a choice between one or the other, LaVar said the priority is the shoe. "He's going to have a shoe," LaVar said Saturday night during his son's..." September 03

  • Steve Alford not worried about LaVar Ball meddling with UCLA team

    Larry Brown Sports "Steve Alford UCLA LaVar Ball may be extremely outspoken and controlling with his sons, but those ways may not extend to the UCLA basketball team. At least Steve Alford is not worried about that. Alford told the Los Angeles Times’ Ben Bolch that he does not see Ball’s potential meddling as an..." August 10

  • Shareef O'Neal 'I'm Gonna Be 1-and-Done ... Won't Play LaMelo'

    TMZ "Sorry, Shaq and LaVar -- looks like the epic matchup between your sons ain't happenin' ... 'cause Shareef O'Neal says he's gunning to be 1-and-done before LaMelo Ball makes it to UCLA. We got Shareef leaving LAX with his mom, Shaunie ... and the Arizona Wildcats recruit told us straight-up..." August 01

  • Shaq 'Shareef's 100% Better Than LaMelo ... I LOVE The Smack Talk'

    TMZ "Shaq says his boy has it right (it's okay for him to say it, Conor) ... telling TMZ Sports his son Shareef's claim that he'd beat LaMelo Ball in hoops is 100% accurate. Reef talked his ish to us when we got him at LAX, telling our camera guy he likes 'Melo as a person, but when it comes down to..." July 15

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 'LaVar Ball Is Bad for NCAA Hoops'

    TMZ "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says parents like LaVar Ball are bad for college basketball -- because they're turning the NCAA into a "huckster show." KAJ was expressing his disdain for 1-and-done college players during an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic when he specifically went in on Lonzo Ball's..." June 17

  • Bryce Alford on LaVar Ball Putting an Undeserved Rep on Lonzo

    Black Sports Online "I have never heard anyone say anything personally negative about Lonzo Ball. His teammates loved him, his coaches rave about him and by all accounts he was extremely well liked on the UCLA campus. The issue becomes people want him to fail because of the strong feelings they have about his..." May 29

  • LaMelo Ball's Game is Getting Roasted After 'Highlight' Tape Emerges

    Complex "LaMelo Ball made headlines when he dropped 92 points in a high school game, and the younger brother of Lonzo Ball already has a UCLA scholarship lined up. But with the shadow of his father's Big Baller Brand looming over him, the youngest Ball son is a target any time he steps on the..." May 29

  • Steve Alford says LaVar Ball 'never' meddled at UCLA

    Sporting News "It's easy to assume that LaVar Ball was involved in some way or form at UCLA while his son was with the program. After seeing how involved he has been after Lonzo left for the NBA how could one not assume that? But according to UCLA coach Steve Alford in an interview with the Los Angeles Times,..." May 26

  • Thomas Welsh and Aaron Holiday will return to UCLA next season

    Los Angeles Times "UCLA received a double dose of welcome news Tuesday regarding the NBA draft: Thomas Welsh and Aaron Holiday are withdrawing their names from consideration. Welsh announced on Twitter that he would return for his senior season and Holiday’s mother, Toya, said in a text message to The Times that..." May 24

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